A special day at "The Shoe"

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Today was a special day in Columbus, Ohio. Over 40,000 gathered in Ohio Stadium (the Shoe) to watch and participate in Ohio State University's 380th Commencement.

The whole ceremony was amazing to watch. The stage was set on the 50 yard line. The student processional was accompanied by the OSU band. The OSU color guard raised the American flag as soon to be graduate, Jodie Burns, sung the National Anthem.  The sense of excitement radiated throughout the stadium.

Many honored guests gathered in Columbus, to participate in the festivities. Former President William Jefferson Clinton gave the commencement address. Others joining him on the stage included: former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, former two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin, and former Congressman Eric Fingerhut. In addition to the almost 8,000 degrees conferred, honorary degrees were awarded to:  President Clinton (Doctor of Public Service), University President Karen Holbrook (Doctor of Education), Jean-Pierre Changeux (Doctor of Science), Gerald Buckberg (Doctor of Science), and Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (Doctor of Music).  James F. Patterson and Paul E. Young, Jr. were the recipients of this year's Distinguished Service Awards.

As the graduates joined the ranks of the more than a half a million Ohio State alumni it was a day to remember in Columbus.

Comments (10)

Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Melissa, all I can say is GO BLUE !  :)
Jun 10, 2007 12:22 PM
Melissa Kruse
Gryphon - Lewis Center, OH

Missy, I'll remember that at the next OSU-Michigan football game. You know the one where we usually WIN!! Just Kidding. I'm not that big of an OSU fan. Today was actually my first time in the stadium. But it was a really neat event to be a part of.

Jun 10, 2007 01:30 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
My husband spoke at the OSU and UM banquet one year. He had a great time and we are BIG U.M. fans. But, I am not a  raging fan. I hope you know I was just teasing, it is a awesome rivalry. The biggest in the U.S. ( I have been told )
Jun 10, 2007 01:47 PM
Melissa Kruse
Gryphon - Lewis Center, OH
It's fine, I didn't take it personally. Like I said, I'm not a diehard fan either. It is fun to be part of the rivalry though. We had an incredible time at the OSU/Michigan game last year. What does your husband do that he was speaking at the banquet?
Jun 10, 2007 01:54 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Ha, he teaches high school Social Studies. But, at the time he was with a motivational speaking group and being from Ann Arbor was invited to speak at that time, the score was 0-8-1. It was called the Great Debate and is still going on, since Mike spoke it was several years ago.
Jun 10, 2007 02:39 PM
John Evarts
Classic Property Management of Santa Clarita - Santa Clarita, CA
GO Bucks!
Jun 11, 2007 04:54 AM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
It's a great school....and I would love to have a six hour dinner with you Melissa and hear all about your former job!  It's been quite a while since I was at a graduation...all that hope and promise. Cool
Jun 12, 2007 01:48 PM
Melissa Kruse
Gryphon - Lewis Center, OH
Carole, If you are ever in Columbus, I would love to get together. It was a really neat event. Everyone was so excited - about the day, the future etc. It was also interesting to see it all from behind the scenes. The walkthroughs, the honor guard practicing raising the flag, the faculty running late for the processional. It was all quite the experience.
Jun 12, 2007 01:56 PM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
sounds fabulous and yes for sure I will look you up if I am there!
Jun 12, 2007 02:02 PM
Brian Brady
San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751 - San Diego, CA
858-777-9751
What a day!  I met Archie Griffin and he is an amazing spokesperson for OSU.
Jun 25, 2007 06:47 PM